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Ducati launches Project 1708 (Superleggera)

Ducati launches Project 1708 which is code for the V4 Superleggera on Thursday (6 February 2020).

It is expected to be one of the world’s most powerful street-legal super bikes with 167kW (224hp) at 15,250 revs.

Throw on the optional Akrapovic full racing exhaust system and power is boosted to 174kW (234bhp), even beating the supercharged Kawasaki H2 at 171kW (230hp).

That compares with the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory at 162kW (217hp) and new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade with 160kW (212hp).

CEO Claudio Domenicali gushed about the project in this invitation:

All the bikes we produce are a declaration of our desire for perfection. But nothing is comparable with the Project 1708 is a true statement of intent, it is thew monument in which we draw a line between trying and doing. Iy is out most pioneering creature.

Super lightDucati V4 Superleggera super power

As we can see from the top image plus this leaked photo (above), it will feature a lot of lightweight carbon-fibre bike.

So the bike will weigh just 152kg which is 20kg less than the V4R, hence the term superleggera (super light).

The Superleggera’s Desmosedici Stradale R V4 engine is a big jump up from the “standard” V4 with (155kW/208hp, 124Nm) and V4S/R (top of page) with 159kW (214hp).

However, it is expected to have a super cost as well at $US100,000 (about $A145,000).

Superleggera will be produced in a limited edition of 500. We expect they will only be available here on order.

It will also feature MotoGP livery, exotic components (top-shelf Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension) with all-LED lighting.

Ducati is expected to start production in April 2020 with deliveries the following month.

Like the V4R, it will have bi-place wings plus extra winglets to increase downforce at 270km/h from 30kg to 50kg.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati tease Pikes Peak V4 streetfighter

Ducati has issued a teaser video of what is expected to be a naked version of its V4 Panigale to tackle the annual pikes Peak Hill Hillclimb.

The video below doesn’t reveal much, but says “more to come” on June 13, which is a couple of weeks before the famous Colorado hillclimb.

Pikes Peak edition

Ducati has won the prestigious international hillclimb on several occasions and has subsequently released several Multistrada Pikes Peak editions.

So we expect the same this time with a new production model.

A couple of weeks ago, Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine released spy photos of a naked V4 being track tested.

Ducati naked V4
Image: Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine

The blurry images showed the V4 headlight, bellypan like an Aprilia Tuono and street fighter bars rather than clip-ons.

It should be noted that the Pikes Peak Hillclimb on June 30 2019 does not allow bikes with clip-ons.

Ducati wouldn’t go to so much effort to produce a bike just for one race, so we believe a production version will be unveiled on June 13.

The other clue of an impending production model is what looks like a number plate holder on the back of the bike in this photo.

Ducati naked V4
Image: Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine

The Pikes Peak racer is bound to harness the full might of the 213 horsepower (158kW) 1103cc V4 engine and maybe even more!

However, the street version may be a little tamer, although probably still more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

After all, the Italian companies are quite competitive on and off the track.

Naked V4

There has been a lot of talk about a naked version of its V4 Panigale for some time.

In February, Italian design company Officine GP Design unveiled a custom V4 Penta.

Ducati V4 Penta naked PIkes peak
Ducati V4 Penta

However, don’t expect that girder-style fork on the production model!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com